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Getaway car burnt out after post office armed robbery

Detectives are investigating after a Co Antrim village post office was robbed at gunpoint on Tuesday night.

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An armed man demanded money from the owner of Aghalee Post Office at about 9.30pm.

He then made off in a silver Nissan Almera, which was later found burnt out in the Shankill Street area of Lurgan.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed either the robbery or the vehicle being set on fire to contact them at Lisburn PSNI Station on the 101 number.

Information can also be passed anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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G-Mac announces birth of baby son

Northern Ireland golfer Graeme McDowell has announced the arrival of his second child who was born earlier this week.

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G-Mac and his wife Kristin are already parents to daughter Vale Esme, who was born in August 2014.

Their little family has now expanded with the arrival of son Wills Edson McDowell.

The Portrush-born golfer, who lives in Florida, revealed that the little boy was born on Monday, weighing 9lbs 1oz.

Posting a cute photo of Wills with his big sister on Instagram, he added: “Momma and baby doing great and Dada very proud.”

Police investigating motive for ‘hoax’ Cushendun alert

Police are working to establish a motive for what has turned out to be a hoax security alert in the Co Antrim village of Cushendun.

Police and Army bomb disposal experts were called to the scene. Credit: UTV

Main Street had to be sealed off, with homes evacuated and traffic disrupted throughout Saturday.

It came after the discovery of a suspicious object, which has since been removed by Army bomb experts for further examination.

The area has reopened, but officers are appealing to anyone with information to contact them on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on0800 555 111.

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Prisoner dies in custody at Maghaberry

A 30-year-old prisoner has died while in custody at Maghaberry Prison, the Northern Ireland Prison Service has confirmed.

Maghaberry Prison outside Lisburn. Credit: Presseye

An investigation has been launched by the PSNI, the Coroner and the Prisoner Ombudsman.

No details have yet been released regarding the circumstances surrounding the death.

Prison Service Director General Sue McAllister extended sympathies to the family.

“This is a tragedy and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time,” she added.

The Prison Service has said it would be “inappropriate” to comment further while investigations are ongoing.

Security alert sparked in Cushendun village

A suspicious object has sparked a security alert in the Co Antrim village of Cushendun, with homes evacuated.

Police are at the scene of the alert. Credit: UTV

Main Street has been closed to traffic and diversions are in place.

Police are at the scene and say there are no further details at this stage.

SDLP councillor Margaret Anne McKillop said the incident was a “total disgrace” and that those responsible had no support in the community.

“Every home on Main Street in Cushendun had to be evacuated today following this security alert,” she said.

“It is a very busy time of year for Cushendun and we are working hard to bring people into the area – not push them out. Today’s action was exactly what we neither need nor want.

“I urge anyone with information about this to contact the police.”

Carrickfergus alert ‘an elaborate hoax’

A security alert in Carrickfergus has been declared an “elaborate hoax” by bomb disposal experts.

The scene of the security alert in Carrickfergus. Credit: Pacemaker

The suspicious object at the centre of the alert in the Rockfergus area of the Co Antrim town has been removed for further examination.

Residents who were evacuated for hours have now been allowed to return to their homes.

The area has also reopened to traffic.

Homes evacuated in Carrickfergus alert

Homes have been evacuated while bomb disposal experts deal with a security alert in Carrickfergus on Saturday morning.

The scene of the security alert in Carrickfergus. Credit: Presseye

Police were alerted following the discovery of a suspicious object in the Rockfergus Avenue area of the Co Antrim town shortly after 9am.

The area has been closed to traffic at the junction of Oakfield Drive.

There are no further details at this stage.

The alert was sparked by the discovery of a suspicious object. Credit: Presseye
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